The Golden Triangle’s Broadway Market food hall is gaining a new ramen stall that its chef says will put a different spin on the classic noodle dish.
Tora Ramen, which will take over the stall that was formerly occupied by Biju’s Little Curry Shop, will open in the next week or two. Chef Jesusio Silva, who currently serves as the executive chef at the Misaki on Broadway sushi and oyster bar inside the market, is opening the new stall.
While Tora Ramen will start out simple, Silva’s plan is to work toward experimenting with incorporating flavors from other cultures into the stall’s ramen offerings. That idea is one Silva already has some experience executing as he recently made a lamb posole ramen for a ramen competition that he says combined Mexican flavors of his youth with the Japanese flavors he has been focused on for the past 15 years.
Tora Ramen will also offer Japanese appetizers, including house-made gyoza, pork ribs , Japanese fried rice, and black mussels in a red curry sauce.
According to Silva, the shop’s name has a twofold meaning. The word “tora” means “tiger” in Japanese and Silva said he is a fan of the Tigres (the Spanish word for tigers) Mexican soccer team that plays in the Mexican city of Monterrey. But the name is also a tribute to the old Sushi Tora sushi restaurant in Boulder, which was open for more than 30 years before closing in 2017.
Prior to starting at Misaki on Broadway, Silva helped Denver chef Jeff Osaka open Osaka Sushi on Colorado Boulevard and start the Sushi-Rama sushi chain.
The closure of the Broadway Market Biju’s Little Curry Shop comes after the original location in RiNo closed in August. Owner Biju Thomas has announced plans to focus on the remaining Biju’s on Tennyson Street.
Tora Ramen will open each day at 11 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends.